Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.
Of course this is now our second Thanksgiving that we are celebrating while dealing with COVID-19; this country is now experiencing the fourth wave and it is imperative that we stay vigilant and continue to adhere to Public Health guidelines in your local area.
Despite the pandemic, we do have a lot to be thankful for. Many of us remained working during these times and we give thanks for the opportunity to do so. We are also grateful to live in a country that continues to provide social benefits to out of work Canadians as a result of this virus.
As union members, we give thanks to the builders of our Labour Movement; it’s because of them that today we reap the benefits of their hard work through our collective bargaining agreements and the legislation they fought so hard to put in place.
Please have an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving long weekend. It is important to take the time to be with your family and friends, whether virtually or safely in person.
International Vice President, First District (Canada)
IBEW, First District